An 8-4 win for the Rockies on Tuesday night was set up by leadoff man Charlie Blackmon. During his first at-bat of the game, Blackmon lifted a ball that hugged the right field line and got out for a home run. A single by Cargo and RBI ground out by Reynolds put the Rockies up 3-0 early and they never looked back.
The Yankees did come back to score a run in the bottom of the inning, but it came on a double play ball and could’ve ended much worse for the Rockies. Each team scratched out another run in the second inning and the score was 4-2.
The Rockies would score four more runs between the fourth and sixth innings and two more home runs would get hit. Charlie Blackmon would hit a second bomb to right field, his fourth multi-homer game of his career. Arenado would also hit a home run, his 21st of the year that also gave him sole possession over the league lead. The offense was clicking for the Rox and they scored plenty of runs for Chad Bettis.
Chad was solid over the night and while he wasn’t terrific, he seems to be pitching like he was earlier in the year. He allowed four runs (two earned) over six innings, but the best part of his performance was minimizing damage when the Yankees started to get something going. Two double plays with men on eliminated innings that could have been big for the Yankees but instead ended with them only scoring a run each time.
Overall, the Rockies tallied 15 hits, 11 coming from the top four hitters, and the game ended with a score of 8-4. The bullpen was solid allowing only one hit over the final three innings as Walt sent Gonzalez Germen, Boone Logan, Jason Motte, and Carlos Estevez out to end the game. The Rockies have started to refocus after a bad first three games against the Marlins and they have a chance to save this road trip with a win on Wednesday.
Jon Gray takes the mound and if you’re the Rockies you wouldn’t want anyone else to end the series. Gray’s ERA does not reflect how well he has pitched and he hopes to keep that up. Starting at Yankees Stadium always adds a little bit of pep in your step so expect Gray to embrace his role as an ace and have a shutdown performance.